Society of Properties Artisan Managers Announce 2019 Grant Winners

by Michael Eddy

The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M) announce the winners of their two annual grants for props personnel to help further their careers: the Edie Whitsett Grant and the Jen Trieloff Grant. Both are intended to assist with transportation, housing, or necessities while completing an internship in the field of properties. The winner of the 2019 Jen Trieloff Grant is Emily Davis. The winner of the 2019 Edie Whitsett Grant is Kenly Cox.

Emily Davis – 2019 S*P*A*M Jen Trieloff Grant Recipient
Emily Davis graduated from Florida State University in May of 2019 with her BA degree in Theatre. Her time spent volunteering in the scenic and props shops were the most formative of her time at FSU and inspired her to pursue a career path in Props. She is currently working as a Properties Artisan Apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Davis is incredibly honored to be chosen to receive this grant and would like to thank the SPAM community for this wonderful opportunity.
S*P*A*M 2019 Jenn Trieloff Grant Winner, Emily DavisYou can see examples of Davis’s work at: or @em.c.davis on Instagram. 

Kenly Cox – 2019 S*P*A*M Edie Whitsett Grant Recipient
Kenly Cox is a 2019 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, specializing in metal and ceramic sculpture. She graduated with a minor in Drama Arts in Theatrical Production, discovering her passion for Stage Properties as a work study student at PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC. There she gained valuable skills and everlasting friendships. Cox discovered that her talents as a fine artist could be applied to the theatrical world and serve as a plausible career path. She is now working for the summer as a Stage Properties Apprentice at Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, VA, expanding her knowledge and skills as a Prop Artisan. After her work is done with Wolf Trap, Cox will be returning to PlayMakers Repertory Company as a part time Properties Artisan for the 2019-2020 season.
S*P*A*M 2019 Edie Whitsett Grant Winner, Kenly CoxYou can see Cox’s work on her website:

Stage Directions sends our congratulations to both Emily and Kenly and look forward to seeing their prop work on future productions.

Further information from The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M):